Nuclear Batteries Soon to Power Tiny Tech
Tech keeps advancing and as it does so gadgets get thinner and smaller – almost to the point where the portable power sources, batteries to you and I, are getting too chunky for the tech they need to juice up.
Well – what we could do with is some nuclear batteries like the vision of the future back in the 50’s.
Some University of Missouri researchers think the same – and they’ve only gone and done it!
Yup: Small nuclear batteries.
The secret behind the smallness of these batteries is that they use new liquid semiconductors instead of those old skool solid ones.
“People hear the word â€˜nuclear’ and think of something very dangerous,” he said. “However, nuclear power sources have already been safely powering a variety of devices, such as pace-makers, space satellites and underwater systems.”
Those clever (and brave) researchers are building and testing these batteries right now and they’re focusing on powering micro/nanoelectromechanical systems and not MP3 players or mobiles just yet.
Just think – there could be a time when we swing by Dixons to grab a pack of Nuclear Batteries – in our hover car obviously 🙂